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in a mediated environment. we need people to tell us whether the information we are leaking is important to not, whether it is private or not. no one wants their e-mail read if it is not done legally but -- >> even if it is. >> probably right. >> other aspects of this make it so hard. particularly in the information sharing bucket where we are trying to figure out what information can or should be shared. getting a base line of what the information is, what it is is very difficult in a technophobia world. >> i have trouble seeing you. do you have anything to add on the privacy issue and legal concerns that have been raised? >> where you started was i have something to contribute to this debate. i hope it is a point of this audience will appreciate. my title is associate general counsel, not director of strategy and policy so people in think tanks can debate the subjects, our role is trying to help with legal ways to move forward. in terms of privacy protection and information sharing the information sharing cornerstone of it has got to the trust and confidence in one another so privacy protecti
, privacy concerns, and so you are necessarily dealing with an environment in which you are trying to, as someone who was dealing with cyber security gain access to protective data. we need to get this information to determine whether something's happening, but it is, in some ways, by the force of law made more complex. the complexity is then, something dan was talking about there for a moment, this information sharing cuts across different entities, so you have sharing that has to happen among private entities, by and large the constraints that people speak of in that area largely think with appty trust concerns; although, i have to say we have difficulty talking to in identifying exactly what antitrust concerns may be when they are actually sharing cyber threat information which is what we are really talking about. them, of course, you have sharing from the u.s. government to the private sector, and that's something that, you know, dan was speaking to, a lot of product is going out to the private sector in order to help them better protect their own network, and then there is the ef
environment. she's a fabulous partner and i am thrilled by it. i'm very happy to have her there. i heard written introduction -- her in the introduction. we had a chance to go out and break bread together. she reminded me of the story of her dad who started a family business with one motel out in los angeles. she went on to spansion cisco and it grew to six and now everyone knows -- san francisco and it grew to six and everyone knows the hyatt. andre so proud of penny glad she's stepping back from the private sector to give us the energy and dynamics that we need. her leadership of select usa is one of the reasons that this effort has the potential to grow our country and to grow all of yours for those of you who are here and visiting from so many other countries. we welcome you here. this in the biggest reason select usa will make a difference is frankly, all of you. a group of very capable business leaders, people who are hungry, who understand the dynamics of the marketplace and to our ambitious and come here with a vision for nearly 60 countries around the world and from all across t
strong protections for workers and consumers and the environment. while we are talking about markets, we are looking at the biggest marketing world. some people try to grab it. imagine this. the market that created the great wealth of the united states in which every single income earners saw the income go up in the 1990s and created unprecedented wealth, more wealth than what was ever created, much more wealth created in the 1990s. that was a $1 trillion market. the global energy market is a $6 trillion market. it will climb to some where around 6 billion or more users. this is the most incredible market ever and the solution to climate change. we will fight to stay at the forefront of this energy market. we will recognize that it has the benefits of climate change as well as the marketplace. we will develop clean technologies that will empower the world and protect our environment at the same time. we are on pace to become the largest oil reducer by 2020. the largest oil producer in the world. that gives us the promise of alternative fuels come including shale gas. we will become fully
interest to shape an environment that encourages good lenders to get the quality products to credit where the families. unfortunately, as you know better than anyone, and as dave talked about, one of the major obstacles that's blocking a full housing recovery is regulatory uncertainty. and i understand, having been a lender i can't imagine what it's like sitting at your desk back in your home state as you've watched the federal government respond to the crisis. we've taken a lot of steps that were, in my view, necessary to restore confidence and ensure that many of the bad practices that caused the mess were eliminated. one of the outcomes is that too often the rules of the road were not clear enough, and that led to a tightening of credit. according to the federal reserve from 2007-2012, mortgage lending to borrowers with credit scores over 780 fell by a third. goes to those with scores between 620 and 680 fell by 90%. there are a lot of qualified buyers out there who are being rejected. so my colleagues and i have been working with a wide variety of stakeholders, including many of you,
in this new, tough, dynamic environment, and indiecom is helping mortgage companies do just that. our quality control solutions mitigate risk, adopt management solutions, enhance efficiencies, our mortgage learning solutions developed through the acquisition of mortgage-u helps manage clients, and our sourcing solutions create -- [inaudible] variable cost models for firms of all sizes. these four pillars are the cornerstones of a business model that delivers relevant solutions to the mortgage industry. our guest this morning is no stranger to the financial services field. many people within the mortgage with industry look at lou for guy dance and insight into the marketplace today. he serves as chairman and president of his company, an adviser and manager of private investments, and he is the founder and chairman of -- [inaudible] partners management llc and its investment management companies focused on financial service opportunities. he previously was a prime originator and founder of hyperion partners. regarded as an expert, an innovator in both the mortgage and capital markets, he has se
we have been able to foil numerous terrorist plots and securitya post-9/11 environment. at the same time, with new capabilities we recognize the need to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence and it is in the context of this dynamic thenology environment that president has directed us to review our surveillance capabilities. we talked a little bit about this, but this is good in the context of stories we have said of late to remember that the president called for a review early in the summer. this review is being led by the white house and includes agents from across the government. there are also important efforts underway that would enable others to review how we strike the right balance, including the on communications and intelligence he technology and the privacy and civil liberties oversight board. we are looking across the board at intelligence chattering to -- intelligence gathering to ensure as we gather intelligence we are accounting for the privacy shared by americans and citizens around the world. we also need to ensure that our -- that we are mo
and students. aboutings come to mind this approach. you would think we have the perfect environment to encourage innovation and higher education, unlike many other countries in the world. in america, we think the american way is to have a marker placed an entrepreneurial spirit. we do not have a state church, we have lots of churches. music springs up from various places. that is the case with our colleges and universities. 6000 different colleges and universities of many different -- we honor the economy of each institution. they operate in a marketplace where students have a chance to choose them. they compete for students and scholars. that environment ought to produce the -- dr. produce the largest amount of innovation. ought to produce the largest amount of innovation. that does not always work. i learned most new businesses do not succeed. not work.deas do for example, in the 1980's, when i was governor, we were worried inut the number of students colleges and universities who were not prepared for that. we thought that was wrong. we set the way to deal with that was to say yo
manage that transition so that we don't lose key values and yet have a more stable and secure environment will be very difficult. i think we have a strategy. you could say, perhaps, it's not public enough, but there's larger political influences that are busting and will make it more difficult to achieve. >> laura and then leonard. >> so my only point here is in light of the recent revelations, the regard with encryption, standard setting, the high level of sin -- cynicism overseas, there is very serious opposition to what the united states has done overseas. i was in cambridge at the time this summer. it was remarkable the extent to which the anger towards the united states, and we can often forget that when we are here domestically, but the revelations have been a significant setback, i think, towards diplomatic efforts abroad. now, i think it's just too early to see how that pans out. if it's going to pan out that the united states is able to lead from behind, if it's going to pan out we can regain a leadership position, but we'll see significant fallout internationally on this for som
'm a product of my environment. i have saw people with nothing but lived by rules. you had to do something. papa used say, no work, no eat. i understood that very well. so when i see people that are down and out, i said, do something. but you have to, some people need a little bit of help. mama kay i watched her, she helped them but they got back up and made something of their lives. i saw young girls in farmington got pregnant out of wedlock and left their house because their parents threw them out. they would come to mama kay. would i come home after school and see mama having lunch with the daughter after she through them out. they went back home. had a little baby, most productive kid in the world. so i've seen it all. i am who i am because of where i'm from and product of environment i grew up in the family i was in. >> you ran for governor once. lost in the primary. talk about customer service. why did you lose? what did you learn? >> i didn't do a good job. i don't think i did good enough explaining who i was and how i thought the state could be and how we would change the state. i
are in the national security environment here in the u.s., if you work at dod, at the cia, when you get up in the morning, the primary thing you're thinking about is whether or not there's going to be a terrorist attack and what you can do that day to prevent it. it is dominating aspect of our national security policy as well it should be. for all the challenges we have for trying to work the relationships with russia, with china, the asia pivot, latin america and elsewhere, the number one thing on our minds is protecting this country, and the number one threat to that is terrorists, al-qaeda and their various offshoots. so we have to fight that war. you know, and one of the best ways to fight that war is, basically, to get them before they get us. and that involves military action of one with kind or another. now, the second thing that we've been trying to accomplish both president bush and president obama have tried to figure out how to do this is to win the broader ideological struggle. basically, to stop people in the muslim world from wanting to join organizations like al-qaeda, to fi
this to be a great and productive work environment but there are certain things out of our control the dramatically impact jobs in tennessee when i hear all the manufacturers tell us we love being in tennessee and we love the work environment, but if we had this agreement in place, we could produce more jobs. well it's a little frustrating to me as a governor because it is out of my country but it's also critical for me to get involved to land that felice whether it is in washington or anywhere else. but like i said, we've worked hard to set up a work environment in tennessee and we think we have it but there are certain things that are beyond our control at this point. >> im stand everyone on the panel is an enthusiast to this agreement but we want to be clearheaded about some of the competitive costs. if the construction mining business, what do you see as the competitive threat that would come from others that -- imports would be less expensive. what are the competitive to when she would face from the deals coming to be and how had contador you caterpillar can fight them off? >> that is a good q
a wonderful job in a difficult environment so far and we salute the organizations and the inspectors of many different nationalities who have done that job. >> great, thank you. >> thank you all for being here. i'm sorry missed a portion of the hearing. i had another right around the corner. ambassador, i know you spent some time already talking about the infighting that is currently happening within the rebel group. we had a lot of conversation here about our reauthorization, about the influence of extremist groups within that coalition, some of which as it turns out had come from people that were partially on the payroll of some of those opposition groups. i know you have touched on this a bit, but having just come from a conference in africa in which we were seeing some pretty unbelievable numbers of foreign fighters coming in from europe and some pretty fierce competition amongst rebel groups to recruit those foreign fighters, even more dangerous and extreme then gelato mistrust than jabaat al misra itself, can you talk about the fighters being killed between these extremist forces. we
need to create an environment where number one, we lessen the number of people that need a clearance. we do a whole lot better clearing. and that we need to create the expectation that you'll be randomly checked to see if you still deserve to have the clearance. that is the system. the details are difficult. i'm not saying it is not typical. but how we do it and how much it cost of holding contractors accountable for doing the very job we are paying them to do doesn't seem to be happening. in my question, i would like a response from you all. how do we solve this? you all laid out where we are. but how do we solve the? we have all of these areas. you know, the form, three pages of instructions, seven pages where you live, five pages of name, 17 pages of employment, four pages, 21 pages of foreign activity, to pages on emotional health, seven pages on police records, lebanon drug and alcohol. five pages on associations and three signature pages. i know you are reforming the form. the point is what we want to do is go for the goal. so not all of this, first of all his check from the qu
polygraph test with two drugs in me, and you won't ever know it. we need to where we environment, lessen the number of people who need clearance, we do a better job of clearing, and we need to create the expectation you are going to be randomly check to see if you deserve that clearance. difficult. are it and holding contractors accountable does not seem to be happening. how do we solve this? are, butout where we how do we solve it? have all these areas, three pages of instruction, five pages of names, 17 pages of employment, 29 pages on relationship, to pages on , a pages on financial records, five pages on association, and re-signature pages. i know you are reforming, but the point is we want to go for the gold. not all of this is checked from a quality assurance check. number three would be can we create a process that gets to the gold and not rely on the form as much as the data that is already out there that the government already holds? 84% of thezed that arele in this country ?ulnerable to top-secret data that puts us at risk. whoever wants to answer my broad commentary or educate
the conflict in syria fostered an environment that fuels the growth of extremism and al qaeda-linked groups exploiting the situation for their benefit. we need to weigh in on behalf of those who promote freedom and tolerance. i take it you say that in the absence of doing that, by not empowering these folks, you are actually de facto empowering the people who do not promote freedom and tolerance. why didn't we do it sooner? in foreign policy, doing the right thing is not the only thing. you have to do the right thing at the right time. why did it take so long to reach this conclusion? now we find ourselves in a situation this thing you talk about doing, weighing in on behalf of those who promote freedom and liberty and tolerance may be impossible. >> senator, syrian opposition itself from the beginning was very atomized. that's how it survived. it didn't have clear leaders. it was a bunch of different neighborhoods. there was no national leadership. it's very hard to build up something that itself is still very incoherent. it took a long time for the opposition coalition to come together. y
, and environment, and more apabilities. it will be even harder for us to fix the problems that they will be causing us. so facing terror, ladies and gentlemen, is not only about ilitary force. of course military force is important. security forces are at the forefront of this battle. the developing of capabilities. destroying all this is necessary, but not enough. we need a sound structure. if there is a division within he socio-political structure, this allows for al qaeda errorist to develop. we are working on containing al -- al qaeda in iraq by enhancing social peace and finding constitutional solutions to our problems. of course we have problems in iraq. it is a new democratic regime. many other democracies way older than ours are still facing problems. these problems are under control through the constitution. we may get angry, but eventually we reach a solution that is constitutional and that is adaptable. this is what you always see. you will hear voices, angry, differences. eventually we reach an agreement. internally, as we are preparing to fight terror at the military level, getting weap
's the point of his old saying. business is business. [laughter] workers have rights. the environment has rights. and he's telling me we have an old saying, business is business cap we have an old saying in america. is this is business except when it isn't. [laughter] it was the best i could do. in -- much.ry much [applause] >> looking at our primetime schedules, starting at 8 p.m. eastern here on c-span, another chance to see michigan senator carl levin discussing afghan policy after his recent trip to that country. on c-span two, more arguments from the d c circuit court of appeals on contraceptive coverage and religious coverage. and on c-span three, the mother of trayvon martin discusses on capitol hill about stand your ground laws. a tough time for an essay, when everyone says what are you doing or why are you doing it? this is what we do, when we get we actually say, it is much more important for this defend this we nation, and take the beatings, then it is to give up the program that would result in this nation being attacked. we would rather be here in front of you today, telling
organization. we are working in a very highly political environment. now i will stop and be happy to converse with michael. thank you very much. >> it is an honor and privilege for me to be hosting mr. amano, one of the first people i interviewed when he was japan's ambassador just over a decade ago. we have remained friendly since then. he has stamped iaea with his own style, one of talking and calling it like it is. in that spirit, i hope we can have a good session with my questions and with the audience's. this meeting which you had with the iranian deputy foreign minister, and then there was a meeting of the two sides. the atmosphere of the talks, you said, was better. the question is, when will we see concrete progress, such as a visit to the site? >> we had that meeting with iran on the 28th and 29th of october. this is the second meeting between iran and iaea after mr. rouhani became president. the first one took place at the end of september. it was a get to know each other meeting. the last meeting was a very political meeting. it was productive, and there was some positive developme
. the environment has rights. and he's telling me we have an old saying, business is business? >> we have an old saying, business is business, except with business. [laughter] [applause] >> next on c-span. president obama met with iraqi prime minister to talk about the partition between the u.s. and iraq. and later, secretary of state john kerry talks about free trade. on the next washington and nsanal, we will discuss surveillance programs for gathering information within the u.s. and abroad. our guest is author and strategy director michael alan. -- allen. then we will look at the fda's recommendation to tighten rules on painkillers. we are joined by very -- barry meier. washington journal. live on c-span. time for nsatough when everybody says what are you doing or why are you doing it. when we get together, -- will maybe a couple times we whine. but most of the time we say it is more important for this country that we defend this nation and take the beatings that it is to give up a program that would result in this nation being attacked. we would rather be in front of you today telling you wh
. the environment has rights. and he's telling me we have an old saying, business is business cap go -- is business? >> we have an old saying, , except is business with business. [laughter] [applause] >> today on c-span, newspaper headlines and stories. live on "washington journal" followed by testimony from intelligence officials on national security agency intelligence and surveillance programs. later, a hearing on the september shooting at the washington navy yard. >> reinforcing her reputation as a silent partner, she once was asked about her role as first lady and replied through a secretary, no comment. watch today at 11:00 a.m. on c-span. monday night our series continues. >> i was surrounded by a few of the items that kept her on the 10 best-dressed list. she worked with molly for her day outfits and this is what she wore to the st. lawrence seaway where they met prince phillip. another custom designed address is -- dress is a printed cotton fabric with many of the thousands the eisenhowers lived in during their marriage and includes the five stars for general eisenhower. she was very fond
environment. to guard the technology and services sector and much more. i honestly, frankly, have no idea how you will choose which session to attend because they are all going to be informative and stimulating. in addition, of course, you are going to hear from a number of my colleagues throughout the administration over the next two days. i hope everyone here is as excited as i am to hear today from the leader who had the foresight to launch select u.s.a. two years ago, president barack obama. looking forward from the perspective of my team at the commerce department, we want to do everything possible to serve you, not just in the next two days, but in the weeks, months, and years ahead. for example, and just a few weeks the american chamber of commerce will host the 2-day event november 19th to 21st in barcelona and madrid. next april we will be in hanover in germany where largest manufacturing showing the world. in a we will be at the offshore technology conference in a houston. next september we will be in frankfurt for auto mechanic beckham i global auto industry event. in addition, and
of my environment. we grew up in an area that we had tracks, the railroad tracks ran. we had a buffalo creek. all those little kids living between that, every time a train came, my grandmother went insane. what she did not know is we would ride the train. it would drive her crazy. that is what the train provided. the lead was for -- the coal that fell off, a lot of people heated their homes. it was what we lived with. my grandmother was the most kind, compassionate. she was a one-woman social program. if anybody needed a place to stay, you go to mama kay. she made us conscious of our social responsibilities. she had a shower and a little bathroom in the basement. not much. but she shared. we had all the different people who would ride the rails in the 1950's. a lot of people would ride the rails. we had names for every body. we had nicknames for all of them. >> what was your nickname? >> we had nicknames for people who would stay. she had three rules. they had to be sober. you have to stay sober. mama would do anything, i will feed and take care of you but you cannot swear. you cannot
a political point. i think i was trying to describe the environment that i found myself in. i am a pastor first and foremost. i'm not a politician. i am descriptive rather than prescriptive. so what i was describing was phenomena that i saw on both side of the aisle. i think, for instance, i made a statement, remove the burdens of those who are the collateral damage of this federal shutdown. most of my members were furloughed. i'm aware of the burden that is they have to bear. i made a plea for their not to be a delay in death benefits to the grieving families of our fallen warriors. i did that primarily because i have made scores of death notifications to next of kin as a navy chap plain for 27 years and i appreciate the incomprehensible nature of their grief. so i was praying out of pastoral concern rather than trying to make a political point. >> do you feel as though you were giveing a voice some somes those people who were furloughed or for military families then? >> i think a critical part of prayer is to lift to god the concerns and the need of the people you serve. so you are a vo
in a single environment. finally, the system requires rapid development and release of hot fixes and patches so it is not always available or stable during the duration of the testing." secondly, "the security contractor has not been able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system." and if you look in the first part, which is most troubling of all, it says, "due to system readiness issues, the security control assessment was only partly completed. this constitutes a risk that must be accepted before the marketplace day one operations." and so let me tell you what you did. you allowed the system to go forward with no encryption on back-up systems. they had no encryption on certain boundary crossings. you accepted a risk on behalf of every user of this computer that put their personal financial information at risk because you did not even have the most basic end-to-end test on security of this system. amazon would never do this. pro flowers would never do this. kayak would never do this. this is completely an unacceptable level of security, and here's the scary par
will wrap up the afternoon with a panel on the united states energy environment come into discussion on exhibition oe exhibition floor on how to take the edge of service providers. for right now let's get to this morning's keynote speaker. i am honored to introduce secretary of state john kerry. he is a proud son of a decorated former foreign service officer. as a young man, he served two tours of duty in the amount, receiving a bronze star -- in vietnam, a bronze star, a silver star and three purple hearts. he served as a top prosecutor of the county level in massachusetts and then went on to be elected lieutenant governor, and two years later he was elected to the united states senate where he served 28 years. the last four of those years he served as the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, developing relations around the world with world leaders. in fact, -- every foreign policy issue for the united states over the past three decades. this year he became the first sitting chairman of that committee in over a century to become secretary of state. and just two weeks
the fact is, we need to create an environment where, numberou one, we lessen the numr of people that need a clearance. we do a whole lot better clearing. we need tohe create a expectatin that is you will be randomly checked to see if in fact you still deserve to have that clearance. that is the system. the details are difficult, i'm not saying it's not difficult but how we do it and how much it costs and holding contractors accountable for doing the very job we're paying them to do doesn't seem to be happening. and my question, i would just like a response from you all. how do we solve this? you all laid out where we are but how do we rollsolve it? you know, we have all these areas, the form, this form, three pages of instructions. seven pages where you live. five-pages name. seven pages unemployment. 29 pages on relationship. 21 pages of foreign activity. two pages on emotional health. seven pages on police records. 11 pages on drug and alcohol. eight pageshi on financial records. five-pages on association and three signature pages. i know you're reforming the form but the point is, is w
for the environment. as government officials our highest duty is to protect the national security, including the confidentiality of confidential information. we have a critically important obligation to protect individuals performing work on behalf of federal agencies from workplace violence. in recent years with congress' help, we have taken a number of important actions to strengthen protections of both nurt information and the physical security of federal facilities such as improving the effectiveness and efficiency of background investigations, and strengthening the processes by which agencies make national security and suitability determinations. we must ensure those processes and the processes for granting or revoking access to facilities and information systems fully mitigate risks. we have a multisector work force, comprised of military, civilian, and contractor personnel. we work to ensure robust vetting policies and policies are applied to all individuals with access to federal facilities, networks, or classified information in a consistent manner. this approach reflects two import
. essentially, it is a technical organization, but we are working in a very highly political environment. now i will stop and be happy to converse with michael and later take your questions. thank you very much. >> thank you. it is an honor and privilege for me to finish and for the wilson center, to be host willing amano. mr. amano's one of first part-time i interviewed when i came to vienna as a journalist just over a decade ago when he was japan's ambassador to the u.n. nuclear energy. director amano will start his second term as the head of the iaea after taking the helm in 2009. he has starred the agent -- stamped the agency with his own style. in that spirit, i hope we can have a good session with my questions and with the audience's. first, getting follow up on this meeting which you had with iranian deputy foreign minister and then it was a meeting of the two sides, the atmosphere of the talks, as you said, was better. but the question is, when will we see concrete progress such as a visit to the parchin site? >> yes, we had a meeting with iran on the 28th and 29th of october. this is t
to the committee on energy and natural sources and the committee on environment and public works. officer without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to s. 1561. calendar number 228. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 228, s. 1561, a bill to amend the public health service act to improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? the presidinwithout objection. mr. reid: i ask that the committee-reported substitute amendment be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time, passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i now ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to h.r. 3109. the presiding officer: clrt. the clerk will report. the clerk: an act to provide for the continued performance of the functions of the united states parole commission and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there ob
environment, and the need for broad access to credit for qualified borrowers, and a vibrant and competitive marketplace. it has also been my desire to share my values showing industry i care deeply about who in particular i hope will continue to inspire. over the past year i've talked a great deal about leadership, and i've expressed my strong belief that we as industry professionals are uniquely positioned to lead change. and that nowhere is our leadership more important than how we choose to run our own companies. here is our opportunity to leave a legacy, i raising the professional standards of our industry, and instilling a genuine duty of care to the consumer, and demonstrating that we belong as an integral part of the stable housing marketplace. many of you have also heard me talk about the concepts of owning a home. where, together, we accept responsibility for the success of the anti-real estate finance community, while still being accountable for our own individual peace. i believe there is no better opportunity to own the home that had mba. i'm very proud that going into our 100 y
in the health care environment, he is getting the ax on january 1, not that they were trying to force him into it, but that he would be getting kicked off the program. forcing insurance companies to change their plan? you bet they are. here is from carefirst, maryland. an individual sent me this letter. pick a requires you to new plan to maintain coverage because your current plan will ceased to exist at the time of your renewal. >> the letters will be in the record. >> thank you. i have specific questions i would like to have you answer. when did we become aware of the proms with the website? >> i think cms became aware of the problems in the first week when we have the volume search. clue therenot have a would be a problem on october 1 when the website went live? >> the problems we saw in the first week, we attributed to volume. once the volume started to back down -- how about before october 1 echo was there any sense there would be problems with the website? >> no. there are always going to be website, the new customary glitches you see, but no. not this. >> did you have any meetings
. american workers have had to adapt to keep pace with this changing environment. so should our laws. instead of sticking with an antiquated labor law, i believe we need to update the fair labor standards act to actually meet the changing needs of workers. that's why i'm introducing the family friendly and workplace flexibility act. this bill will allow flexible workplace arrangements such as compensatory time and flexible credit-hour agreements which are currently available to employees working for the federal government. federal employees already have this. allow that to be extended to businesses regulated by the fair labor standards act. currently the flsa prohibits employers from offering compensatory time or comptime to their hourly employees. this bill would amend the flsa to allow private employers to offer kofrpl -- comptime to employees at a rate of a hour to every half-hour of work. an employee can monetary payment. this gives the option to include paid time off over work instead. there is no need for washington to stand in the way of families earning the time that they need. this b
environment. our process for reviewing national security cases of foreign investment in the united states focuses solely on national security considerations and reviews are pleated within a -- completed within a period of one to three months. so as we press forward, we know where we need to focus our efforts. the prioritiest just outlined are clear and doable. they amount to real solutions that will make a real difference for our economy now and in the future. and i'd like to close by thanking the commerce department for hosting this summit, as well as everyone in this room for coming today. america has always been known as the land of opportunity. a place where you can make it if you try. and have no doubt, opportunity in the united states is very much alive and well. it's alive for our workers, it's alive for our businesses, and it's alive for all of you who invest here. thank you very much. [applause] at the commerce investment summit, ceos talk about the investment climate and the policies to attract foreign investment. some of those include immigration and energy. it is moderated by
an environment of economic growth and stability within the marketplace. we applaud them for their inclusiveness they've shown our industry during the regulatory rulemaking process. our speakers this morning understand the importance of coordination and input from policy leaders, consumer advocates and industry professionals. so that gives me great pleasure to introduce our first honored guest. on the 25th 2009 president obama appointed ed demarco regular firm fannie mae freddie mac and the federal home of banks. previously, mr. demarco served sf hfa chief operating officer and senior deputy director for housing national goals since the perception in 2008. a career civil servant mr. demarco joined the federal housing oversight as an agency to act hfa -- fhfa as its chief operating and director. during the past years of acting director demarco mba members have enjoyed an open and collaborative relationship with fhfa. for this we are truly appreciative and hoped this president continues into the future.
, the environment, the media, the way districts are drawn, the pressures that those of us in elected office are under somehow preclude the of that brand of leadership. well, i believe we have to find our way back there. now, more than ever. america needs public servants who are willing to place from solving ahead of politics. as the letter that president clinton held up indicates, the history of the crime bill shows. we are sent here to do what is right. sometimes, doing what is right is hard. it is not free. and yet, that is the measure of leadership. it is important for us who feel that responsibility to fight for a cause to recognize our cause is not advanced if we cannot also try to achieve compromise. the same way our founders sought it. democracy part of our . the very thing that makes our system of self-government possible. that is what tom foley believed. that is what he embodied. shines the legacy that rightly today. he presided as speaker, he described what it should feel like to serve the american people in this city. he spoke about coming to work in the morning and catching a gl
programs and their indicator the same as we. it's not a medicare trend but across the entire environment. early success encouraging a lot of work to do. >> i see the recent data that came out about beneficiary costs being revised downward yet again. that's going to be the key to the unfunded liabilities that we're facing driving these budget deficits, rising het care costs. there's a lot that is going. mr. chairman, i would respectfully recommend that some futd you're hearing we call her back, mainly focused on cost containment within the health care system so we can delve into it in greater detail. >> i'm sure she'll be anxious to come back. >> we have two more. mr. reed and then mr. kelly, mr. reed. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, miss tavenner, we worked together before and i appreciate that relationship. you've demonstrated to me in that relationship and those prior dealings a very high level of competence. i've been listening to your testimony today. and i really want to focus on my oversight responsibilities on this committee. you had indicated to mr. buchanan, that you were
in a very complicated environment to craft a very technical bill that touches so many important parts of our society, of our economy, and of this country as a whole. and i know that there are many different perspectives on social policy, on agricultural production policy, but i'm confident that the spirit that's been demonstrated in achieving this point, passage of both bills out of the house and senate, committees and across the floor, that we can accomplish that. and i would be most remiss if i didn't note the special appreciation i have for my ranking member and my friend, i believe, colin peterson, as well as all of my friends at this table and most assuredly on the other side of this table. i take this responsibility that we have together to accomplish this important goal very seriously. i live in a part of the country where between mother nature and federal policy on two, almost three occasions in this last century, my folks saw their way of life nearly completely destroyed. i know that we cannot persuade mother nature necessarily on any given day to do things differently, but we can p
but they're developing the technology for pevious concrete. it's critically important to our environment. i take great pride in the chesapeake bay and the work to clean up the chesapeake bay. one of the major sourcers for pollution comes every time we have a storm and all the runoff goes into the tributaries that lead into the chesapeake bay causing pollutants to come into the bay creating dead zones. if we have pervious concrete allowing the water to seep rather than to flow it cuts down dramatically the amount of pollution. the ernest mayer company is doing something about that, selling a product that is well received around the country. we have marlin steel in baltimore. it's a small specialty steel company. their growing -- they're growing, their product is sold all over the world, 100% of the ingredients come from the united states and it is exported around the world because it is a quality product. that's steel. steel manufactured in maryland, united states of america, exported to other countries. atlas container is another maryland manufacturer with a national market. they're doing g
. they have the role of investigating crimes. in today's threat environment some expectations of preventing attacks as well. and george, you mentioned there's a cognizant effort to try to do it within the realm of protecting civil liberty. there's a history of cases where some of those have been abused and so checks are put in place. i would like that ask you, your perspective on where those checks are effective or where you might have some concerns. sure. i mean, there are a lot of checks nut place and obviously some less effective than others. i think with the nsa programs we're seeing a lot of checks that are proven ineffective. traditionally, there's the -- a warrant requirement set up no warrant shall issue but on probably cause. a requirement of individualized suspicious before private information is gathered. and the shift to a more universal collection mechanism requires the bypassing. so whether that's through the bulk warrant that issue through fisa courts or through programs that gather large amount of data outside any kind of warnlt. -- warrant. but that model seems to be an ine
. they are cleaning vast areas of land and destroying the environment. they are selling cattle on the mexican side for profit. and of course, they are competing with a legal companies. chinese gangs are also involved in illegal logging. and the wood is sent to asia. illegal logging is going on in columbia and brazil and also connected with organized crime. moving on to illegal mining. organized crime in colombia is -- operations in the country. including the unlicensed extraction of gold and other metal. gold is used to launder money through other illegal activities like drug trafficking. those are just a trip through some of the diversification of the -- [inaudible] we also have found link between organized crime and organized crime from other regions. i'm just going mention a few. [inaudible] has been present in mexico, colombia, and seems to also be present in argentina. doing what? human trafficking. russian -- also human trafficking with chemicals for meth. the nigeria criminal gang control 30% of cocaine. it's a lot to be concerned about. i think that we need pause and think can't we compete
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